New York state officials are stepping up their efforts to fight the MS-13 criminal gang, believed to be responsible for dozens of brutal murders in recent months. And in the meantime, President Trump is putting the blame on his predecessor for creating the conditions that allowed the group to gain a foothold in the United States.
MS-13, which is sometimes known as the Mara Salvatrucha, is also active in several Latin Americans countries, including Guatemala and Honduras. Many refugees from these countries have been given safe haven in the U.S. precisely because their homelands are being torn apart by this gang violence. But with the gang now expanding their reach in the U.S., many are wondering if these refugees are actually bringing the violence along with them.
“The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS-13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast,” Trump said on Twitter this week.
Trump’s focus on the gang was accompanied by remarks made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, Sessions said Tuesday that he was determined to “devastate” the gang, which he described as “one of the most violent gangs in the history of our country.”
Sessions agreed with Trump’s assessment of the situation, blaming Obama’s policies for allowing these gangs to grow and thrive. “So many of these people are here illegally,” he said, “and they came without proper authority. And with a good, lawful border, many of them would not be here.”
He said, in fact, that law enforcement agencies had begun cleaning the streets of these gangsters. Then Obama took office, allowing them to “come back aggressively in recent years.”
Sessions said the growth of MS-13 could be attributed to Obama’s discretionary policies, which allowed undocumented minors to enter the country.
“They were directed how to enter and claim themselves as a minor, and the Obama administration let them come into the country and took them to their destination city and turned them over to someone that claimed to be a relative,” Sessions said.
This is the effect of utter weakness in the executive branch and utter lawlessness at the border. Like Trump said, “Some, I assume, are good people.” But Obama wanted us to believe that MOST were good people. And, hey, maybe that’s true. But that doesn’t mean they belong in our country illegally. And the “good people” are certainly not the only immigrants hopping the fence. And they aren’t good ENOUGH to counterbalance the pure evil that’s coming across our border – not by a long shot.